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Is It Safe to Use an Old or Used Phone? Here’s What You Should Know

December 18th, 2023 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Is It Safe to Use an Old or Used Phone? Here’s What You Should Know”

“Stop! Before you buy that refurbished smartphone for yourself or as a gift, you need to read this!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies

Let’s face it: smartphones are expensive. That’s why many of us find the allure of a budget-friendly, used or refurbished smartphone phone hard to resist. However, before you take the plunge and snag that seemingly great deal, it’s crucial to consider the potential security risks associated with preowned devices. In this insightful article for CNET.com, author Andrew Lanxon explores the intricacies of using older or refurbished Android and iPhones, uncovering the fundamental security concerns that users should be aware of. Whether you’re a techie or a cautious consumer, understanding the nuances outlined in this piece is essential for making informed decisions about the safety of your mobile device.

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Hive ransomware extorted $100 million from victims. The DOJ just hit back.

February 20th, 2023 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Hive ransomware extorted $100 million from victims. The DOJ just hit back.”

“Some outstanding news about ransomware, but is the tide turning in favor of the good guys in the future?”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies

Finally, here is some good news on the ransomware front! According to recent filings by the Department of Justice, the results of a months-long infiltration campaign against a major ransomware gang, Hive, have been excellent!

The report asserts that the group’s digital extortion schemes have netted members over $100 million in ransom payments. In this piece, author Andrew Paul for popsi.com details the success of the operation and shares opinions from tech experts on this development and the future of Hive and other ransomware threats.

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5 Reasons why Faces are Superior Credentials

November 16th, 2022 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “5 Reasons why Faces are Superior Credentials”

“While often controversial, security experts tout the benefits of facial recognition for access control.”

Glenn Baruck, DigiTek Security

Most access control systems provide fairly ordinary identity validation at offices, factories, campuses, housing facilities, and similar venues. These venues require reliable and accurate identity, allowing users to proceed with minimal interruption while controlling costs.

Security professionals agree that MFA (multi-factor identification) is the safest approach. However, MFA is often excessive in these everyday scenarios, relying on cumbersome ID methods like a PIN code combined with a fingerprint and a keycard.

So, the question is, what method is best for most access control systems? In this article by Aluisio Figueiredo for securityinfowatch.com, the author looks at facial recognition as the best solution, even as it faces ongoing privacy concerns from those who are asked to use it.

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Microsoft’s 5 Biggest Windows 1 1 Updates

June 28th, 2021 Posted by Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Microsoft’s 5 Biggest Windows 1 1 Updates”

“Windows 11 sounds like it’s going to be transformational in many positive ways!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


The initial details are out, and the first version of the new era of Windows 11 sounds impressive! According to the info released by the tech giant on Thursday of last week, Windows 11 operating system updates include exciting features like a redesigned Microsoft Store, integration with Teams and improved security requirements. Check out this piece by Wade Tyler Millward CRN.com for some additional insights.


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Report: Pandemic has changed the outlook of workers on access control

August 11th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Report: Pandemic has changed the outlook of workers on access control”

“It looks like the once loathed technology of access control is being perceived in a different light during the pandemic.”

– Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


Oops, I forgot my keycard. Darn, I left my key fob in the car! Traditionally, access control has been regarded by many workers as a necessary evil, a system that every building, office and organization must have to keep out the bad guys but is a total hassle.

Well, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by cloud and mobile access control technology provider Nexkey, in the wake of the pandemic, people’s view of this often-hated technology taken a dramatic turn in a more positive direction. See what workers and some experts have to say in this staff report from Securityinfowatch.com about access control in 2020.

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